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Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

24 Sep

2Salted Caramel Rice Krispies 2
When I think of fall, pumpkin and apples always come to mind. But another flavor profile that screams fall to me is caramel. Whether it’s caramel cornrolls, cake, cider or apple pie, it’s always fall when I consider them.  It’s rich, sweet and creamy and salt always makes it better.Salted Caramel Rice Krispies 1
Salted Caramel Rice Krispies 1
We had some friends over recently for a Husker game and I wanted to try a recipe from one of my new cookbooks and when I flipped to these salted caramel rice krispie treats in Sally’s Baking Addiction I knew the search was over. Everybody loves a thick, chewy rice krispie but these are elevated to a whole new level with a homemade salted caramel and a finishing sprinkle of flaked sea salt. Are you drooling yet?
Salted Caramel Rice Krispies 4
Not only are they easy but they are the perfect treat to enjoy on a crisp, autumn night while watching the game.
Salted Caramel Rice Krispies 7
Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction

For the caramel:
1 cup granulated sugar
6 Tbsp. salted butter, cut into 6 pieces
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp.salt

For the rice krispies:
4 Tbsp. butter
1 (10 oz.) bag marshmallows (regular or mini)
4 1/2 cups rice krispies
1/2 cup salted caramel from above
sea salt, to sprinkle

1. For the salted caramel: Heat the granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. It will start to form clumps and melt into a thick brown liquid; be careful not to burn it. Once the sugar has melted completely, add the butter. The mixture will bubble rapidly. Stir for 2-3 minutes until the butter is completely melted then stir in the heavy cream and allow to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the salt. Pour into a heatproof bowl and allow to cool and thicken before using.

2. Lightly spray a 9×9 pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in the marshmallows until they are completely melted and incorporated into the butter. Remove from heat and stir in the cereal. Gently fold in half the salted caramel.

4. Dump cereal mixture into the prepared pan and gently spread it out. Drizzle with the remaining caramel sauce then sprinkle to your liking with the sea salt. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour before cutting.
Salted Caramel Rice Krispies 3

Caramel Rolls

2 Dec

Caramel Rolls
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week, I know I sure did. I got to spend the week with my parents, brother and my aunt who was visiting from Jersey. We had a great time hanging out together, shopping, cooking and stuffing our faces of course. I definitely did some backtracking on the baby weight loss plan. Oh well, Thanksgiving only comes once a year.
Caramel Rolls
Something I have been incredibly thankful this year is the opportunity to move back to Nebraska and be closer to family. It has been such a blessing for our family. I do find myself missing certain things from Fargo though.

One of those things is this doughnut shop that had the most amazing caramel rolls. They were as big as your head, super tender and amazingly sugary. They were the kind of thing that was so good but once you ate the whole thing you totally felt sick. Worth it, but sick all the same.
Caramel Rolls
So since they are a thing of my past, I decided to go on a hunt for something similar. These caramel rolls totally hit the spot. They are way smaller than those caramel rolls we used to occasionally indulge in but taste incredibly similar. They take some time and planning but they are so delicious.
Caramel Rolls
Caramel Rolls
recipe from With a Grateful Prayer and Thankful Heart

For dough:
1 large egg plus enough water to measure 1 cup
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups bread flour
3 Tbsp. nonfat dry milk
3-5 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. yeast

For glaze:
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 Tbsp. rum, optional
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup chopped pecans

For filling:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. flour

1. Mix egg, water, sugar and yeast in the bowl of your mixer and stir. Let sit for about 5 minutes or until foamy. Mix in flour, nonfat milk and salt into dough. Mix in butter and knead on medium speed for about 5 minutes or until a smooth ball forms. Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray and place dough in the bowl. Let rise for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.

2. Meanwhile, mix all filling ingredients together in a small bowl. In another bowl, mix together corn syrup, rum and butter.

3. Once dough has risen, divide the glaze evenly between two 9″ round cake pans. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans.

4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, and roll it into a 16″ x 12″ rectangle. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over dough, leaving an uncovered strip about 1″ wide along one long end of the rectangle. Starting with the sugar-covered edge, roll the dough into a log the long way. Cut into 16 rolls, using a serrated knife.

 5. Space eight buns in each of the prepared pans. Cover the pans, let rise till they spread out and touch one another, about 60 to 90 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F while rising.
6. Bake for 15 minutes. Then cover lightly with foil and bake another 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
7. Remove the buns from the oven, and loosen their edges with a knife. Carefully (the sugar is hot) turn them out onto a rack or parchment-covered sheet pan to cool, scraping any glaze that may have stuck to the pan onto the warm buns.

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

30 Sep

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Frappacino
I am so ready for fall weather! It’s still in the 80s around here and I am so tired of it. It seems a little wrong to be making so many pumpkin treats when we don’t have the cool fall breeze, scarves and sweaters but alas, it’s still happening around here.
Caramel Pumpkin Spice Frappacino
I’ve been seeing pumpkin drinks floating around pinterest like crazy and definitely wanted to join in on the fun but a hot coffee drink just isn’t an option right now. So when I saw this frappuccino recipe I knew it would be a good one to try. And since I’m not really a huge fan of coffee, it appealed to me because it had the same amount of coffee and milk so it wouldn’t have too strong of a coffee flavor.
Caramel Pumpkin Spice Frappacino
I also liked the combination of pumpkin and caramel. I used the delicious fleur de sel caramel from Trader Joe’s and leftover pumpkin from one of the many recipes I have been whipping up. It was the perfect afternoon pick me up!
Caramel Pumpkin Spice Frappacino
Caramel Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
recipe slightly adapted from Miss in the Kitchen

1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup brewed coffee, cooled (I used caramel flavored coffee)
3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
3 tablespoons dulce de leche or salted caramel
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon plus more for garnish
pinch of ground ginger
1 1/2 cup ice
1 tablespoon fat free Cool Whip

Blend all ingredients, except the cool whip, together in a blender. Pour into a glass and top with cool whip.

Top 12 Recipes of 2012

31 Dec

2012 has been a wonderful, busy, crazy year and I’m so glad I have been able to share it with you all! My readership and views have skyrocketed this year and it’s all thanks to you. I truly appreciate all the views and comments and just for giving me a little of your time each day! So here are the top 12 most viewed recipes of 2012. I hope you take a look and {hopefully} enjoy them again! Happy New Year!

Chocolate Cake with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
Chocolate Cake with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
Extra Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken
Extra Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken
Sweet Cornbread
Sweet Cornbread
Cheesy Bread
Cheesy Bread
Whole Lemon Blueberry Walnut Muffins
Whole Lemon Blueberry Walnut Muffins
Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes
Mexican Chicken Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette
Mexican Chicken Salad
Salted Pretzel Caramel Bark
Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark
Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp
Bang Bang Shrimp
Lasagna Cupcakes
Lasagna Cupcakes

Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

12 Nov

Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes
So do you all follow How Sweet It Is? If you don’t, you must follow the link know because she is amazing and quite hilarious. The recipes she dreams up are spectacular and this is one of them!

I only recently became a fan of sweet potatoes and now I’ve kind of become obsessed. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately since I certainly don’t need 12 of these in my house), Joel hasn’t jumped on my sweet potato band wagon yet so I’ve had these bookmarked for awhile waiting for the perfect opportunity to make them for someone else. When we were invited to a friends house recently to watch the Husker game I knew the time had come. And brought my cupcake holder home empty!
Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes
The cupcakes themselves were warm and spicy with a nice crunchy texture from the graham cracker crust. The marshmallow frosting was really, really sweet. I’m not a big fan of frosting in the first place so it was a bit much for me but the frosting lovers reported that it was yummy. The caramel drizzle of course adds more sugary goodness. The pecans added another layer of crunchy texture which I really enjoyed (but they are optional so do as you please).
Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes
These cupcakes would be a perfect update to the regular ‘ole sweet potato pie that usually graces the Thanksgiving buffet.

Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting
recipe from How Sweet It Is
makes 12 cupcakes

Graham crust:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Cupcakes:
1 1/3 cups loosely packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
6 ounces cooked, mashed sweet potato
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tin with liners. In a small bowl, mix melted butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs until moist, then press about 1/2-1 tablespoon of crumbs into the bottom of each liner.

2. In a large bowl, whisk egg and sugar together until combined and no lumps remain. Add in vanilla extract and butter, then whisk in sweet potato. Add in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, then add in milk and stir until combined and smooth. Drop about 1/4 cup of batter on top of each graham cracker crust. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until cupcakes are set and spring back at the touch. Let cool completely before frosting.

Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff
3 cups of powdered sugar
1-2 tsp. milk, if needed

Beat butter in the bowl of electric mixer until creamy. Add in fluff and beat for 2-3 minutes, then add in vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until fully incorporated. Once all the sugar has been added, beat on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. If mixture if too runny, add a bit more sugar. If it’s too thick, add a bit of milk one teaspoon at a time. Frost cupcakes and drizzle with caramel sauce and chopped pecans.

Salted Caramel Thumbprints {Christmas Tray 2012}

28 Oct

Salted Caramel Thumbprints
I know I’m starting the Christmas baking a little later this year but don’t worry, there will be lots of ideas for your Christmas cookie trays. Like these delicious gems. Joel’s very favorite Christmas cookie is the traditional jam thumbprint cookie. I have never been a big fan of them but always make them for him, they just seem like a requirement at Christmastime for our family. Last year I decided to try an updated version and they were a huge hit. So why not continue with the unique updates and fill them with caramel instead?
Salted Caramel Thumbprints
When I stumbled across this recipe, I knew it was one that I would have to try when my dad was around. He is a caramel lover and I immediately thought of him when I saw these. My mom loves shortbread and tried one before they were filled with caramel and loved them. I think I will use the cookie recipe to make shortbread cookies in the future.

Needless to say, they were absolutely amazing and we devoured them rather quickly. The dough is a bit crumbly and it’s hard to not have cracks in the cookies so they aren’t super attractive but the taste totally makes up for their bumpy, lumpy appearance.
Salted Caramel Thumbprints
Have you noticed that my photos took a turn for the worse? Yep, my external flash is not working with my umbrella at the moment so the quality of lighting has become questionable…because I still don’t know how to perfectly work that darn camera. So, sorry about that.

Salted Caramel Thumbprints
recipe from This Week for Dinner

Cookies:
1 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Caramel:
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
2 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Sea salt, for sprinkling

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. ream together the butter and sugar until they are just combined and then add the vanilla (if you have a stand mixer, use paddle attachment). In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on a floured board and roll together into a log, wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, take out the fridge and cut into 16 equal slices.

2. Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Hold the cookie steady with one hand and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger. Jane note: again, the dough was pretty crumbly, even when I had them shaped into balls. I had to sort of press each cookie down and shape it into a circle, then press the indentations in. A note on the indentations – I thought the cracked edges would be pretty, but the caramel oozed out of the cracks, so try not to have too many of cracks. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until they’re just a little golden brown on the sides. Let cookies cool. While they’re cooling, make the caramel.

3. Combine the sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a medium saucepan. Do not stir. Cook over medium-high heat to a dark caramel, swirling as it begins to brown to distribute the sugar. While the sugar and water are going at it, heat up the cream in a saucepan or microwave just until warm. Take off the heat and add your room temperature butter. Whisk the butter in, being sure it’s totally combined. Add your warmed cream and whisk vigorously.

4. Spoon a teaspoon of warm caramel into the indentations of your cookies and top with sea salt. You can eat right away or let sit for 2 hours so the caramel sets.

Makes 16 cookies

Peanut Mallow Bars

10 Sep

Peanut Malllow Bars

I made these ooey, goeey, sticky bars for a picnic this summer to rave reviews. I personally am neither a caramel or marshmallow fan so I made these hoping I wouldn’t like them and therefore, easily avoid them. Unfortunately, these bars may have converted me instead. They are that good.

I adore the combination of sweet and salty and these are the perfect little treat to satisfy the craving. Let me warn you that the base of the bar was a bit crumbly and kind of fell apart when picked up but they tasted so yummy that it didn’t matter. Not only is there a great mixture of flavors but also of textures that just puts these over the top.

Peanut Mallow Bars
recipe from Taste of Home Brownies and Bars

1 cup chopped salted peanuts
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup cold butter

Topping:
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow crème
2/3 cup caramel ice cream topping
1-3/4 cups salted peanuts

1. In a large bowl, combine the peanuts, flour, oars, sugar, salt and baking soda; stir in the egg. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

2. Spoon marshmallow crème over hot crust; carefully spread evenly. Drizzle with the caramel topping; sprinkle with peanuts. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.

 

Turtle Bars {Classic Southern Dessert}

5 Jul

Turtle Bars
I realized I haven’t made anything from my amazing Classic Southern Desserts cookbook in quite a long time so when I needed to whip up something for a recent get together, I grabbed it out and scoured the pages for something simple and delicious. The first recipe I made from this cookbook was Lemon Bars and looking back at that post made me realize how much my photography has improved in a year. Those pictures were awful. I am going to have to make those again but just for the sake of my photography….
Turtle Bars
These Turtle Bars didn’t disappoint. With a brown sugar cookie base, pecan halves, simple homemade caramel and lots of chocolate I really don’t know how they could. I decided to take these bars and my camera outside for a little change of pace in my food photography. It was a gorgeous day so I relaxed out on the deck taking in some warm rays and the beautiful view. Look what I saw while I was out there shooting these bars.
Family of Geese
I love all of the amazing wildlife our little pond brings to our backyard view. There is a beautiful blue herring that comes back every summer that I have been trying desperately to get a picture of and still haven’t succeeded. It’s my mission by the end of the summer.
Turtle Bars
Turtle Bars
recipe from Classic Southern Desserts

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup pecan halves (I think I will use 1/2 cup more next time)
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup milk chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet instead)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine first 3 ingredients in a mixing bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Pat mixture firmly into an ungreased 13- x 9-inch pan. Arrange pecan over crust.

2. Combine 2/3 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over pecans. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

3. Remove from oven; sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly melted. Gently swirl chocolate with a knife, leaving some chips whole (do not spread). Let cool on wire rack at room temperature until chocolate is set (about 2 hours). Cut into squares.

Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn {4th of July Style}

2 Jul

Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn

The 4th of July is probably my favorite holiday. I love everything about it. Grilling out with family and friends, strawberry daiquiris, baseball games, roasting marshmallows on the fire pit and best of all…fireworks! I am kind of definitely a pyro at heart so I love watching things that go boom. I also love aiding in blowing up things….it’s unbelievable what you can blow up. We usually stick to the food realm and my favorite to date was the giant can of corn from Sams. It set off a ridiculous rain shower of corn kernels. We have yet to figure out the perfect way to blow up a watermelon but we are working on it.

Anyway…….
4th of July Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn
When I think of the 4th of July I think of baseball. While growing up, we always went to a baseball game on or near the 4th of July and saw a spectacular fireworks display afterwards. And what do people eat at baseball games? Cracker Jacks! This is my 4th of July version of the beloved treat.

I had the wonderful base recipe from Get Off Your Butt and Bake and decided to add peanuts and M&M’s to customize it to my taste and our red, white and blue theme. It’s sticky and gooey and chocolately and just a bit salty. The perfect popcorn mix for my favorite day!

Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn
recipe adapted from Get Off Your Butt and Bake

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
9-10 marshmallows (I used 9 small handfuls of mini marshmallows)
2 cups M&M’s
2 ½ cups lightly salted peanuts
12 cups popcorn

Combine popcorn, M&M’s and peanuts in a large bowl. Microwave brown sugar and butter for 2 minutes; stir. Add marshmallows and microwave until melted, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Pour over popcorn and stir until completely coated.

Super Bowl Menu

31 Jan

We are hosting the Super Bowl this year for the second year in a row and I am totally ordering pizza for the second year in a row. It’s easy and makes my life less stressful. But of course I can’t just have pizza. I could never have at least one homemade thing at a gathering…it’s just not my style. Sooo, in addition to the pizza I am going to prepare some dips and desserts for our guests. I’m pretty darn excited about them so I thought that I would share them with you now in case you want to try them for the big game. I will feature them in the future if they are a hit among the crowd.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

FRANK'S® REDHOT® BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP

Mexican Cheesy Corn Dip from Piece, Love and Cooking

Caramel Peanut Butter Dip for Apples

Caramel Peanut Butter Dip Recipe

Dessert is a toss up right now…either mini fruit pizza’s or Blue Moon cupakes…ooooor both. I just can’t decide. Blue Moon cupcakes would be perfect for the game but mini fruit pizza’s would be so cute and fun.

Blue Moon Cupcakes from Erica Sweet Tooth

Mini Fruit Pizza’s (store bought or prepared sugar cookies with frosting…if I make these I’m going to frost the cookies then set out the fruit so everybody can create their own using the fruit they prefer)

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